Huma Lupa Licious by Short’s Brewing
Tosa says: "You want me to eat what?"

Tosa says: “I just want my fair share.”

In the first BGB Chopped Challenge, Old Mission Smoke whipped up a duck breast, swiss chard, and cherry pizza. His dog, Tosa, normally gets the dinner scraps, however this night Tosa was left waiting as plates were licked clean. 

Old Mission Smoke cleverly paired his entry (entree?) with a beer that is knock-your-socks-off badass… Huma Lupa Licious—the flagship IPA from Short’s Brewing Company (Bellaire, Michigan). 

Huma Lupa Licious (formerly known as the Humulus Lupulus Maximus – named after the hop plants it so liberally uses) is a 96 IBU, ball-busting IPA that sports 5 distinct hop varieties that, together, form it’s signature floral-citrus bitterness. 

Short's Huma Lupa Licious

Short’s Huma Lupa Licious

I credit Old Mission Smoke for introducing me to Michigan’s extremely active and fertile craft brewing community. He set me up for a torrid one-night stand with this beer during a recent visit. Like many sweet temptresses before her, she left me weak and a little disoriented (perhaps due to her 7.7% ABV), but satisfied none-the-less.

While IPAs are the darling of the craft beer industry, many suffer from excessive hoptitude; a flavor that, when left unbalanced by the malt, is simply a gustatory escalation of double dog dares. This is where the Huma Lupa Licious shines… her hoppiness is well balanced with an almost amber malt bill that rounds out the bitterness and gives it the body it deserves.

In summary, I am LONG on Short’s Huma Lupa Licious. If IPAs are your thing, or if you need something to wash down a slice of your friend’s delicious duck breast, swiss chard, and cherry pizza, this may be the beer for you.

If this beer was a song, it would most certainly be AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.”